photography and the landscape

Thursday, April 29, 2010

by chance

if by chance I could sit and chat with Rembrandt, this would be the spot

Friday, April 23, 2010

the dance

This photo was created at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts several years ago.  When opening it up on the computer I was pleasantly surprised.....the image gave me the response I feel when looking at Old Master just has that quality to it.  The folks at Kodak accepted the photo as a "Picture of the Day" and it was flasshed in Times Square, July 6, 2005

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

little green men

an intruder alert warning has been issued, lock your doors and windows, the aliens have landed and are coming to a theatre near you.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I received this bowler many years ago from a friend to wear to an art opening in Poughkeepsie. It has been collecting dust for a good many of those years. I felt the hat would add some depth to the self portrait I was attempting, and the dust would add a texture uncommon to portraiture in general. The painted "Insulbrick" lends texture as well as direction, countering the tip of the hat. I deepened the shadows and subtracted some of the color which despite the gray skies was a bit more saturated then I anticipated.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The top half of the image is a straight shot of my son Aric at his metal smith shop taken through a very large magnifying glass mounted to the workbench for detail work. The bottom half is a flipped image of a cloud formation.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Tifft Nature Preserve is a place I visit often, the wildlife is abundant, a concept alien to urban living. Downtown is visible just a mile down the highway along with some industry in our rustbelt city.Tifft is a major layover on the Atlantic Flyway and will soon be bursting with migratory birds, some rare to see in our neck of the woods. Canada Geese (pictured here) are here all year, or at least seem to be. The breeding season is coming into swing and the trumpeting geese are a symphony after the long gray winter.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

lens work

glass menagerie camel

Friday, April 2, 2010

martini glass

I signed up for a camera class to improve on the technical side of my camera- a Nikon D50 which is no longer made. This is my favorite image of the assignment for this week.